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pilfered from
hospital room
A gameboy was stolen Sunday
rening from a University hospitals,
Department of Public Safety reports
The victim, a young boy and a
patient at the hospital, said his game-
boy was missing.
The young boy's parents filed a
police report with DPS that evening.
Reports do not indicate whether the
Gameboy or any suspects have been
Wale caught
urinating near
Crisler tunnel
DPS officers found a 53-year-old
male urinating in public Sunday
The suspect was first reported to
have, been wandering around the
iddle of the street at Stadium
oulevard and Main Street, DPS
reports state.
DPS officers arriving on the
scegc and caught the suspect urinat-
ing near the Crisler arena tunnel.
He, was given a urinating in public
Man blames heat
for malady
Because the air conditioning was
broken in Hill Auditorium, a caller to
DIPS said Friday evening, he was
becoming ill from the heat.
'According to DPS and Hill
Auditorium management, no one else
had complained or called about the
heat.,DPS and Hill Auditorium man-
sement appeased the man by open-
g doors to the auditorium to allow
moreairflow in the building.
Bottles, cables
stolen from truck
Over the past three days, jumper
cables and pop bottles have been
stolen from the back of a truck in the
University's Plant Building
According to reports, a man called
DIPS on Friday to report the thefts. The
caller did not wish to make an official
Angry man kicks
hospital door
A-call from University hospitals last
ursday afternoon reported disorderly
nduct from a disgruntled family
DPS reports state that a family mem-
ber at the hospital, who received bad
news, went into a rage by kicking a hos-
pital door in one of the units. No charges
were filed against the aggressor.
ATM card stolen
at Union machine
OA woman's ATM card was stolen
owt ,of the machine at the Michigan
Union Saturday. DPS responded to

the call.
The theft occurred while the victim
was putting her money in her purse.
The thief was not apprehended, and
the-victim could not give officers a
description of the assailant.
%us driver
assaulted by
young vandals
. A bus driver reported to DPS
unruly behavior by what looked like
three high school males early
Sunday morning
The suspects were asked to exit the
bus. The youths became more unruly
*d threw bottles and pop cans at the
bus driver and his bus.
The suspects were last seen walking
towards Observatory Street.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Nikita Easley

BAMN sets date for next Day of Action

By Nika Schulte
Daily Staff Reporter
Using last year's aggressive defense of the
University's affirmative action programs as a
springboard, the Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) plans
to elevate their activism on campus this year.
In a forum last night at the Michigan League,
about 50 people gathered to learn about the fight
BAMN led last year to save affirmative action at
the University and how they intend to develop it.
BAMN has been defending the University's
use of affirmative action since three white appli-
cants filed suit against the University last fall,
alleging that use of race as a factor in the admis-

sions practices constitutes discrimination.
While most student groups are in the process
of making initial plans and acquainting them-
selves with new nmmbers. IAMN has already
constructed plans for a two-day professor and
student strike in support of atfirmative action.
The strike, conceptualized by professors in
California, is scheduled to take place on Oct. 21
and 22.
Jessica Curtin, a BAMN leader, said she
believes the strike is one way to continue the
success the group had in February with their
National Day of Action, when hundreds of stu-
dents chose not to attend class in support of
affirmative action.

"The students :at -M re:ly blazed the trail
when we had our one-day strike," Curtin said. "We
were the only 1 Jniversity in the country to pull otff
a moement like that, at the time."
This year, Curtin said, she believes the move-
ment will escalate to an even higher level.
"We predict this year will be the beginning of
a new national civil rights movement," Curtin
One of the speakers at the forum was LSA first-
year student Erika Dowdell.
Although Dowdell is new to campus, her opin-
ions on affirmative action are shared by many stu-
"Affirmative action determines the rest what

my life will be like; l)owdell said. "It's really
important to stand up for ourselves and not rely on
the 1nversity
Also speaking was Shanta iDriver, a national
coordinator for IlAMN.
"I Last year was our first shot at making the tight
national action," Driver said. "This year at this uni-
versity, we have the chance to continue leading the
nation forward in this fight.
LSA sophomore Aimce Hingham said she plans
to participate in the two-day strike because she
believes it will help spread the movement to other
"The strike gives the movement more publicity"
Bingham said.

Shops pick
up slack in
By Avram S. Turkel
For the Daily
With one of the campus's major coursepack
suppliers now out of business, other stores are
picking up the slack and professors are putting
course materials online to accommodate stu-
Michigan Document Service closed this
past year after it was sued by the American
Association of Publishers for copyright
infringement in 1992 and subsequently was
denied an appeal to the Supreme Court in
'The courts' decisions forced the firm to
alter its copying procedures and lose a majori-
ty of its earnings, which made continued busi-
ness unprofitable.
As a result of the store's closing, other cam-
pus printing shops are working hard to manage
the influx of business.
"We've been working 24-hour shifts for the
past two weeks," said Kathy Eshelman, presi-
dent and founder of Grade 'A' Publishing.
Lines"outside printing stores last week were
about 20-people long at peak times, but stu-
dents said they haven't noticed a marked
increase in waiting times.
"It would just be easier if they sold them in
the regular bookstores, so that you could get
everything in the same place." said LSA first-
year student Lindsay Allen.
Economics Prof. Frank Thompson, who
said he believes strongly in Michigan
Document Service's no-royalty policy, called
MDS's closing, "a very serious blow to acade-
mic freedom because it restricts the availabili-
ty of course material to students."
Thompson has foregone other copying ser-
vices, and now refers his students to course
materials that can be found on the Web and on
reserve at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.
le chose to take these actions because of
"impossible barriers, especially financial ones,
caused by exorbitant royalties" incurred by
students who have to buy coursepacks.
Most traditional coursepacks cost between
$20-$30, although prices can range anywhere
between S1-$100.

Music School sophomores, from left, Daniel Kahn, Aaron Sherry and Marc Kamler, waited for
more than 20 minutes to buy their coursepacks at Accu-Copy last Wednesday.

Eshelman said publishing companies
charge royalty fees of 6 to 7 cents per
copy. The binding fee and the copying fee
account for the rest of the cost of coursep-
Professors, however, can lower these prices
by sending in their coursepack orders to stores
that lower the price for early submission of
lhe University provides two services by
which professors may distribute material to
students through the University Libraries sys-
tem the Electronic Reserve and the
University Reserve.
"The Llectronic Reserve allows students to
pick and choose informamion to pay for, rather
than standard coursepacks," said Ann
Sprunger, a librarian at the Undergraduate
The University Reserve can hold coursepa-
eks that are exactly the same as those students
are buying at the print shops.
The library will place one unofficial
coursepack on reserve for one semester
for professors. Official coursepacks,
those the professor has had bound and has
paid royalties for through a local print
shop, are kept on reserve as long as a pro-
fessor desires.

Items uploaded to the electronic reserve
are limited to any instructor-owned materi-
als, such as lecture notes and sample
exams, single articles and selected chapters
from books.
Physics associate Prof. August Evrard said
the electronic and library reserves "just
make too much sense."
Ile said that by going online, "students
don't lose papers or have to carry around
more textbooks. Changes are also easier to
make. It's just more flexible."
"I use it (the Web) because I though it would
help my students learn:' said psychology Pro.
James I tilton. "I put up the notes on the lecture
I'm going to give, and I can alter them at any
time. The outlines of the lectures with defini-
tions are up, and if I know my students have the
information, I can go faster."
I SA first-year student Orlando Stegall
said he believes more use of the Web for
course materials would save students a lot of
When coupled with textbook costs, high
coursepack prices irritate some students.
"I think anything over $20 is a little exces-
sive,"' said L SA first-year student Amanda
Atecherton, while waiting in line to purchase
coursepacks at Dollar Bill Copying.

Apology for
termination of
three 'U'1profs.
. Bollinger, faculty address the
suspension of professors accused of
having communist affiliation in 1954
By Wlnlam Nash
Daily Staff Reporter
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs
met yesterday to discuss and suggest action with former
faculty and University President Lee Bollinger on the
1954 suspension and termination of three former faculty
During the red scare, the University held investigations
involving three instructors: mathematics instructor
Chandler Davis, biology Prof. Clement Market, and phar-
macology Prof. Mark Nickerson.
"We were engaged in a nationwide witch hunt," Law
School Prof. Emeritus Ted St. Antoine said.
The employment of two faculty members charged with
having communist affiliations -Davis and Nickerson,
was terminated by then-President harlan Hatcher.
Market retained his tenure status but left for Hopkins
University soon after.
In 1989, a motion to express regret for the terminations
and suspensions was brought before the University Board
of Regents and never passed.
In response to the rejection, the Academic Freedom
Lecture was established to remember the events of the
McCarthy Era.
It is held each year, but Peggie Hollingsworth, president
of the Academic Lecture Fund, said an apology is still nec-
"The argument (to not apologize) continues to be one-
sided," Hollingsworth said at the SACUA meeting yester-
day. "The families of the two fired faculty members had to
leave the country."
Bollinger responded to the suggestion by saying the
University was "wrong" in firing the two faculty mem-
bers, but passing a motion wouldn't really accomplish
"Are there more things that can be done?" Bollinger
asked. "I don't quite know; it is open for discussion."
Bollinger said he supports the lecture, at which he
spoke in 1992.
Hollingsworth described the University's contribution
for the upcoming 10th anniversary speech as substan-
But to truly bring the closure needed, another motion
would have to be placed before the regents, Hollingsworth
Although the last one was not passed, the current group
of regents may have a different viewpoint than those serv-
ing in 1989.
"That's the real issue," Antoine said. "Will the regents
sign on?"
SACUA discussed whether the motion should be
approved before the other surviving former faculty mem-
bers pass away.
Although Hatcher ultimately made the decision to ter-
minate the two faculty members, SACUA and the faculty
body also played a role in the investigation.
"We are the faculty, and I get the uncomfortable feeling
we're trying to put the blame somewhere else," biology
Prof. Lewis Kleinsmith said.
The two committees that were formed to investigate the
cases were comprised of faculty members. Some faculty
members also put pressure on the administration to fire
the suspected communists, Kleinsmith said.
"We need to take responsibility for this," Kleinsmith

Ad campaign to fight Proposai B

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Opponents of the
ballot proposal that would legalize assisted sui-
cide - including the state's largest medical
society - launched a multimillion dollar ad
campaign yesterday to fight Proposal B.
The Michigan State Medical Society and Lt.
Gov. Connie Binsfeld are among the members
of Citizens for Compassionate Care, which
formed to fight Proposal B on the Nov. 3 bal-
lot. The Michigan Disability Rights Coalition,
Right to Life Michigan, and representatives
from the Baptist, Lutheran and Catholic faiths
have also joined the group.
"If this many different organizations can
have this many reasons for opposing Proposal
B, then it must be bad legislation," said Cathy
Blight, president of the 14,000-member
Michigan State Medical Society.
Gary Pokorny, chief executive officer of the
Grand Rapids-based Hanon McKendry adver-
tising agency, presented three of the group's
ads at a news conference yesterday at the
Capitol. Pokorny said the three ads cost
$100,000 to make. He estimated it would cost
about $300,000 to run them for a week.
One 60-second spot showed a scale, with the
11-page Proposal B on one side and weights
representing the medical community, church

leaders, the elderly and the disabled on the
other side.
Another 30-second ad showed a match burn-
ing a copy of the Hippocratic Oath, the oath
physicians take promising not to harm patients.
The third ad, also 30 seconds, showed an elder-
ly black man saying the proposal could harm
minorities and the elderly.
"We're asking citizens across the state to
think very, very deeply about the ramifications
of Proposal B," said Kevin Kelly, managing
director of the Michigan State Medical Society.
Kelly said the entire ad campaign could cost
between $5 and $6 million. His group has
raised $700,000 so far, he said.
Blight said the board of the med-
ical society decided to join Citizens
for Compassionate Care because of
language of the proposal, not the
ethical issues surrounding assisted
suicide. She said many physicians
objected to the steps they would
have to follow under the proposal in
order to avoid prosecution.
"If an individual physician treats
a terminally ill patient - one who is
not seeking assisted suicide - with
large doses of pain medication and

this results in hastening the patient's death, the
physician could be charged with a five-year,
$5,000 felony (under Proposal B)," she said.
Blight said some physicians were also
opposed to the "chilling effect" the proposal
could have on research about care for the ter-
minally ill.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the retired pathologist
who brought the issue of assisted suicide to the
fore in Michigan, was mentioned only briefly.
Sen. William Van Regenmorter, who authored
the ban on assisted suicide that went into effect
Sept. 1, said Kevorkian can take advantage of
Proposal B even though he doesn't have a valid
medical license.

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